The focus of the Office of Indigenous Initiatives is to engage with the UNBC community to indigenize all aspects of the University. We seek to follow the mandates of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the recommendations of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Our goal is to enhance the post-secondary education experiences and outcomes for Indigenous learners at UNBC. We ensure indigeneity is embedded across the University including student life, teaching, learning, curriculum, governance, faculty, campus space, planning and research. Strong understandings of diverse Indigenous communities, worldviews, cultures, values, knowledge systems, practices and protocols, as well as an understanding of institutional and systemic barriers facing Indigenous learners are an asset. This supports UNBC’s commitment to reconciliation, as indigenization is recognized as one of the pillars of UNBC’s Academic Action Plan.
- Engage and consult with Indigenous communities, students and faculty on indigenization.
- Strategic planning and implementation of Indigenous initiatives.
- Liaise with senior administration.
- Develop and maintain the Aboriginal Service Plan.
- Develop an Indigenous Action Plan that aligns with the University Strategic Road Map and the goals of the Aboriginal Service Plan.
- Engage in meaningful, ongoing engagement with Indigenous communities to build long-term relationships to best serve the needs of Indigenous communities and students.
- Ensure Indigenous students receive the necessary support through our First Nations Centre.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care
For more information, please contact us at OII@unbc.ca.